a-go-go

noun
\ ä-ˈgō-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce a-go-go (audio) , ə- \

Definition of a-go-go

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a nightclub for dancing to popular music : disco

a-go-go

adjective

Definition of a-go-go (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : being in a whirl of motion
3 : being up-to-date often used postpositively

First Known Use of a-go-go

Noun

1965, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for a-go-go

Noun

after Whisky à Gogo, café and disco in Paris, France, from French whisky whiskey + à gogo "in abundance, galore," going back to Middle French, reduplicative formation from the same expressive base as gogue "joking, pleasantry" — more at agog

Adjective

in part derivative of a-go-go entry 1, in part borrowed directly from French à gogo "in abundance"

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“A-go-go.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a-go-go. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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